East Stroudsburg University Student Housing Project


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Construction Cost: $50 million
Building Gross Area: 330,000 sq ft
Completion Date: 2011
Location: East Stroudsburg, PA

Architect: WTW Architects
Contact: Tom Wiley
Position: Project Architect
Telephone #: 412-321-0550

As the result of a Competitive GMP competition held in the fall of 2009, our Team anchored by Allen & O’Hara Development Company, was selected to provide a new 984 bed residence hall complex to replace the aging 1960’s era dormitories currently in use. This project provided the University with the opportunity to enhance the student experience of campus life while providing a new campus image. Phase 1 opened in the fall of 2011 consisting of two new 4-story buildings, 983 beds within approximately 330,000 square feet of residential, police station, fitness center, and support spaces. In addition, the design and placement of the buildings creates a defined exterior space that promotes living and learning activities within the campus.

APPROACH AND CHALLENGES

An integrated Team approach is critical to the success of this project. P. Agnes was involved early in the pre-construction process providing the Team with important sequencing, schedule, technical and budget information. This information helped the Team plan for the construction by providing critical dates for regulatory approvals, utility relocations and decisions needed in order to maintain the cost, quality and schedule of the project. P. Agnes is also responsible for the Mechanical, Plumbing and Electrical Design/Build to be coordinated with the campus wide infrastructure and new geothermal systems. Together, the Developer, Designers, Consultants, P. Agnes and Subcontractors work closely with East Stroudsburg University to coordinate student, University and construction activities.

The challenges on this project are many given the context and size of the project and require efficient and effective communication among the various parties. Planning the relocation of existing utilities during the Winter months of 2011, including: steam, sanitary, storm, communications, electrical, drilling geothermal wells, and framing in a critical path effort that requires new relationships with the Project Team and University to work together in order to give the project the successful start that is needed and to bring the project to a completion on time and within budget.